Butterfly Effect, Awareness of Consequence – Take Positive Action!

In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions, where a small change at one place in a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences to a later state.

The name of the effect, coined by Edward Lorenz, is derived from the theoretical example of a hurricane’s formation being contingent on whether or not a distant butterfly had flapped its wings several weeks before.

Although the butterfly effect may appear to be an esoteric and unlikely behavior, it is exhibited by very simple systems: for example, a ball placed at the crest of a hill may roll into any of several valleys depending on, among other things, slight differences in initial position.

The butterfly effect is a common trope in fiction when presenting scenarios involving time travel and with hypotheses where one storyline diverges at the moment of a seemingly minor event resulting in two significantly different outcomes.

Chaos theory and the sensitive dependence on initial conditions was described in the literature in a particular case of the three-body problem by Henri Poincaré in 1890. He later proposed that such phenomena could be common, for example, in meteorology.

In 1898, Jacques Hadamard noted general divergence of trajectories in spaces of negative curvature. Pierre Duhem discussed the possible general significance of this in 1908.

The idea that one butterfly could eventually have a far-reaching ripple effect on subsequent historic events first appears in “A Sound of Thunder”, a 1952 short story by Ray Bradbury about time travel (see Literature and print here).

In 1961, Lorenz was using a numerical computer model to rerun a weather prediction, when, as a shortcut on a number in the sequence, he entered the decimal .506 instead of entering the full .506127.

The result was a completely different weather scenario.

In 1963, Lorenz published a theoretical study of this effect in a well-known paper called Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow.

Elsewhere he said that

“One meteorologist remarked that if the theory were correct,

one flap of a seagull’s wings could change the course of weather forever.”

Following suggestions from colleagues, in later speeches and papers Lorenz used the more poetic butterfly. According to Lorenz, when he failed to provide a title for a talk he was to present at the 139th meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1972, Philip Merilees concocted Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas? as a title. Although a butterfly flapping its wings has remained constant in the expression of this concept, the location of the butterfly, the consequences, and the location of the consequences have varied widely.

The phrase refers to the idea that a butterfly’s wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere that may ultimately alter the path of a tornado or delay, accelerate or even prevent the occurrence of a tornado in another location. Note that the butterfly does not cause the tornado. The flap of the wings is a part of the initial conditions; one set of conditions leads to a tornado while the other set of conditions doesn’t.

The flapping wing represents a small change in the initial condition of the system, which causes a chain of events leading to large-scale alterations of events (compare: domino effect). Had the butterfly not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the system might have been vastly different – it’s possible that the set of conditions without the butterfly flapping its wings is the set that leads to a tornado.

The butterfly effect is the phenomenon whereby a minor change in circumstances can cause a large change in outcome.

The term is sometimes used in popular media dealing with the idea of time travel, usually inaccurately. Most time travel depictions simply fail to address butterfly effects.  According to the actual theory, if history could be “changed” at all (so that one is not invoking something like the Novikov self-consistency principle which would ensure a fixed self-consistent timeline), the mere presence of the time travelers in the past would be enough to change short-term events (such as the weather) and would also have an unpredictable impact on the distant future. Therefore, no one who travels into the past could ever return to the same version of reality he or she had come from and could have therefore not been able to travel back in time in the first place, which would create a phenomenon known as time paradox.

How to Make Use of the Butterfly Effect theory

I bet that there are many changes that you want to make in your life but in the same time you can’t do them because you believe that you don’t have enough resources.

Here is where the butterfly effect theory can come into play, by focusing on doing very small tasks each day you will be able to experience very big changes as time passes.

Want to see how the butterfly effect theory can improve your life?

Here are a few examples that can show you how to take advantage of the butterfly effect:

  • Waking up thirty minutes earlier: If you woke up just 30 minutes earlier each day you will be able to do some new things such as exercising. After few weeks you will become more fit, your self image will improve and consequently your self confidence will. The improvement in your self confidence will positively affect your career, health and relationships!! That was another example of the butterfly effect theory. A very small change has produced very big results.
  • Tiny changes that can boost your social relations: Remembering peoples’ names and birthdays, smiling when you meet them and caring for them when no one else does are examples of very tiny changes you can do. Such small changes can dramatically affect your social life. (See how to make people love you for more information on this topic.)
  • Getting rid of a false belief: Spending 10 minutes reading an article that can help you get over false beliefs can result in improving your self confidence and increasing your chance of success. Again that’s how the butterfly effect theory can help you improve your life
  • Becoming emotionally stronger: Spending 30 minutes Reading articles talking about the psychology of falling in love can help you recover from breakups in few days.


The Butterfly Effect shows how your everyday actions can make a difference for generations to come. Through inspiring stories, The Butterfly Effect, by Andy Andrews, shares the secret of a life of permanent purpose, where every decision and action you make in life matters, not only today, but for the future.

When you understand that every action matters, every result of our actions immediately improves!

A life of permanent purpose will make you a better parent, a better, spouse and a more valuable friend.

The Butterfly Effect illustrates the unique power of the individual.

  • You have created as one of a kind…to make a difference.

  • You have the power to change the world.

  • What you do with your life matters today.

  • It matters forever.

Taking the above theory into your daily life could change your actions, thoughts and life forever!

By Taking Positive Action in your own life; serving those around you, family, friends and acquaintances with care will only pay forward and benefit our whole world. Watch your actions carefully, and never minimize yourself to a point that you think your actions do not have any affect of this earth – they do, and you are a key part of this Universe.

Be aware of this truth, respect the powerful affect you have on our world!
The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters
by Andy Andrews

The decisions you make and the way you treat others have more impact than you may ever realize.

Speaker and “New York Times” best-selling author Andy Andrews shares a compelling and powerful story about a decision one man made over a hundred years ago, and the ripple effect it’s had on us individually, and nationwide, today. It’s a story that will inspire courage and wisdom in the decisions we make, as well as affect the way we treat others through our lifetime. Andrews speaks over 100 times a year, and “”The Butterfly Effect”” is his #1 most requested story.

Also included with the purchase of the book is a link to view a 9-minute message of Andrews telling “The Butterfly Effect” story to a live audience.


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